Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod
Many of you don’t have the ability to walk through the aisles of a Land of Nod store and feel the quality of our bedding, so I figured I’d tell you a little about the thought that goes into selecting the fibers for all of our sheets. And, why merely touching a sheet at a given store, may not be reflective of the softness of that sheet long-term.
At Nod, every crib and kids sheet we make is 100% cotton. We absolutely never use synthetic fibers in our sheets. Why’s that important? Well, number one (warning, this is kinda gross) kids are sweaty little creatures. Cotton breathes. It will allow their sweat to evaporate through the sheet. Polyester on the other hand holds all that sweaty grossness in. And, I don’t know about you, but my 5 year old isn’t about to shower every morning, and I’m certainly not washing her sheets everyday. Plus, it’s just hot and gross.
Speaking of washing, being a natural fiber, cotton is extremely durable. It washes beautifully and will remain soft wash after wash. We use the finest fibers that won’t pill. This is super important because kids bedding needs to be washed a ton…what with the leaky diapers, potty training and aforementioned sweat. And, it’s important to us that our product stands up to all that washing.
And, when it comes to long-term quality, nothing beats cotton. It’ll only get softer with wear. Synthetics on the other hand are often treated with a finishing technique such as peaching. It may make them soft on the hand when purchased, but the peaching process breaks down the fibers, so over time with repeated washing the peached finish will wear away and the fibers won’t hold up.
Bottom line, we wouldn’t put something in your house that we wouldn’t use in our own. So, cotton it is.
Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.